INTEL: A Valentine’s Day surprise, a dealer’s recognition and a shopping center expansion

Sometimes it’s the little things.

This Valentine’s Day, Desert Call Connection is sending care packages and love notes to the squadron of one of its recently deployed employees, Raynell Ridgeway. Ridgeway was deployed Jan. 18 and is stationed in Afghanistan for 400 days.

• • •

In case you can’t get enough pool time during the summer months, Marquee Dayclub is adding a winter date for hard-core revelers.

On Feb. 16, Insomniac will produce the third annual Halfway to EDC party at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Hopefully, partygoers won’t be too cold, thanks to Marquee’s dome structure, which debuted at the end of 2013. Expect headliners at the event including Dash Berlin, Candyland and Firebeatz.

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is scheduled June 20-22 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

• • •

Hey meeting professionals, listen up.

The Las Vegas Hospitality Association is sponsoring a Certified Meeting Professional study program, with the first meeting scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Board Room. It’s free to attend. RSVP to Casey Shields, 702-892-2835 or

• • •

In 2013, Towbin Dodge Superstore finished in the top spot.

The local car dealership was named No. 1 in sales for the first time by Chrysler Corp. The title is based on number of Dodge units sold throughout 2013, and does not include any RAM truck sales. In 2013, Towbin Dodge Superstore sold 1,750 units.

Towbin Dodge also maintained an above average customer satisfaction rate all year.

• • •

Sometimes a dream isn’t enough.

When Amie Pellegrini opened her downtown bicycle store in September she stocked urban cruisers and vintage two-wheelers alongside frilly dresses and dog items. Town Bike Shop, in the street-level retail space in Juhl Lofts, was unconventional, for sure. Pellegrini was hoping to rent and sell bikes to the people of Las Vegas.

That didn’t last long.

In early January month, the retail space was empty. The Town Bike sign was off the building and the business’s Facebook page said she was looking to rent the space.

• • •

Need extensions? Miracle Mile has a new option for you.

Original Diva, Australia’s popular full-service salon, opened its flagship U.S. shop early this month at the Miracle Mile Shops. The business specializes in premium permanent and clip-in 100 percent human hair extensions for women.

The salon, designed in Original Diva’s French Provençale décor, will offer services and products across five hair stations, two makeup stations and a manicure bar.

• • •

Village Square is growing.

The 250,000-square-foot shopping center will welcome five new businesses this year. The Lion’s Tail Tavern is slated to open this month and is an expansion for Embers Grille &Spirits owner Ted Mamola. The 24-hour American style cocktail and gaming bar will feature a sleek and contemporary decor.

In March, the center will be home to Madame et Monsieur Reshape. The spa uses technology to define the body and tone and firm muscles.

Nevada Community Management, now open, is a full-service management company for homes, condominiums, apartments, townhomes and commercial properties. Also set to open is Spectacle, an eye care and eyewear center, founded by Vanessa Kojima Kim, and Sylvan Learning Center.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada
Under CEO John Helderman, Goodwill of Southern Nevada has expanded its services including the new home of Goodwill’s Veteran Integration Program. Free job services are paid for by revenues generated by Goodwill's retail stores. In 2017, the sale of donated goods allowed Goodwill of Southern Nevada to train more than 17,000 job seekers. More than 2,500 of those found local jobs. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Little bat company on verge of MLB deal
Larry Thein, part owner and one of only three employees of the Tat2 Bat Company of Davenport, Iowa, made the company's first bat in a hog barn. He spoke of the humble origins during a trade show at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 12, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Texas Roadhouse opens in North Las Vegas
Texas Roadhouse has opened at on Craig Road at Bruce Street in North Las Vegas as part of an emerging "restaurant row." (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday Parade Lights Up Downtown Summerlin
Holiday parade lights up Downtown Summerlin every Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 22.
Nevada's solar industry on the rebound
In 2015, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of a new tariff structure that reduced net energy metering buyback rates and increased fix fees for residential solar customers.
Apartment complexes selling fast in Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ apartment vacancy rate is among the smallest in the country, and rents are climbing faster than the national average. (LVRJ)
Aristocrat Opens $45M Campus In Summerlin
Aristocrat Technologies Chairman Ian Blackburne discusses the company's growth. (LVRJ)
Sunrise Hospital celebrates 60 years
Sunrise Hospital opened its doors to patients on Dec. 15, 1958. Employees of more than 35 years celebrated at a luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Jessie Bekker/ Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Maya Cinemas to open soon in North Las Vegas
Moctesuma Esparza, CEO of Maya Cinemas, talks about the newest location in North Las Vegas, set to open Jan. 10. The aim of the theatre chain is to serve latino-centric, underserved communities.
Holiday shopping and returns make this the busiest time of year for UPS
The UPS Las Vegas South facility is the company's busiest pre-load operation in the country, and it's even busier this time of year. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Primm’s outlet mall has fallen on hard times
The mall, attached to Primm Valley Resort, opened in 1998. Back then, it was a “textbook, perfect outlet-center location." But now, Primm’s outlet mall has fallen on hard times. Las Vegas Boulevard has endless shopping spots. And there are other outlet malls that don’t require a hefty drive to the state line. Its mortgage-holder foreclosed on the mall in late September.
Miltary auction at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Humvees, ammo cans, construction equipment, field gear and more is on the auction block Friday and Saturday at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. About 10,000 items in all are for sale in what GovPlanet bills as the largest auction of its kind.
Las Vegas residents discuss avoiding holiday scams
Las Vegas residents discuss their donation habits and how they avoid giving money to scam charities during the holiday season. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory ahead of economic impact expectations
The Tesla Gigafactory’s economic impact on Nevada has exceeded projections, bringing in more than 7,000 jobs. In 2014, Nevada agreed to give the automotive and energy company $1.3 billion in tax abatements. In return, Tesla promised to meet certain requirements in areas like employment and capital investment. As of June, Tesla has brought in a total of $6.05 billion in capital investment, surpassing the $4.95 billion projection. The original contract gave the company until 2024 to make $3.5 billion in capital investments in Nevada. Derek Armstrong, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Land sales near the Las Vegas Raiders stadium
Land around the Las Vegas stadium site has been selling for high prices. A few months before the stadium’s groundbreaking, Global Trust Group acquired a 2.5-acre parcel just north of the stadium site. The property sold for $7.25 million, or $2.9 million an acre. Osprey Real Estate Capital and Huntington Hotel Group acquired a 2-acre industrial site just west of the stadium site in late November. The property sold for $6.5 million, or $3.15 million per acre. That's roughly 12 times the average price of land in the valley this year as tracked by Colliers International.
T-Mobile Tech Experience Truck parks in Toshiba Plaza at T-Mobile Arena
The Tech Experience Truck is a state-of-the-art showroom on wheels, with demonstrations that put connected drones, smart cities, augmented/virtual reality and smart tracking. The exhibit shows new wireless technology – including 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Steve Siegel, CEO of the Siegel Group, speaks about helping families and other needy residents
Steve Siegel, CEO of the Siegel Group, speaks about helping families and other needy residents to keep them from teetering off into homelessness. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vrgas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Crowds camp out for Chick-fil-A opening
Dozens of customers camped out 24 hours ahead of the 6 a.m. Thursday opening of the new Chick-fil-A on Rainbow Blvd.
Cheapest listings for sale in Las Vegas
Listed for $39,990, 585 S. Royal Crest Circle, Unit #9 is one of the cheapest homes currently listed for sale in Las Vegas. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM's sports betting deals
MGM Resorts International signed a sports betting sponsorship agreement with the NBA in July It was the first professional sports league to have official ties with a legal sports betting house. The deal came just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting sports betting in most states. In October, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the NHL. In November, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the MLB. Financial terms of Tuesday’s deal and earlier partnerships have not been announced.
Terry Miller discusses Convention Center
Project Manager Terry Miller explains the phases of Convention Center construction.
Zappos treats their team members on Cyber Monday
Zappos rolls out a variety of food, drinks and special activities for all team members at their downtown Las Vegas headquarters for Cyber Monday. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Team Hybrid at the 2019-Model Motor Trend International Auto Show
Among the companies showing off the 2019 model cars, Team Hybrid shows off its modified cars. Las Vegas resident David David talks about the team, which is in its ninth year exhibiting at the show, and his show car.
Black Friday Shoppers at downtown Summerlin and at the Arsenal
Black Friday shoppers at downtown Summerlin and at the Arsenal. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfYe
Black Friday shopping in Las Vegas
Black Friday sale shopers express their shopping experience. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Las Vegas Livestock recycling Strip food waste
Las Vegas Livestock collects and recycles food from many Las Vegas Strip companies. (Nicole Raz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Black Friday at Fry's
Shoppers line up for deals early on Black Friday at Fry's Electronics on Las Vegas Boulevard South. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Black Friday shoppers at Best Buy at 5 am
Black Friday shoppers at Best Buy at 5 am on Nov. 23. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Black Friday - 1am Closing Time
Quiet night.
Black Friday - 12:30am - Best Buy Arroyo Crossing
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like